May 8, 2008

Contrast Debuts Second Issue

The second issue of Vassar's fashion 'zine, Contrast debuted at a release party Tuesday night.

By the looks of the cover, the editors definitely made an effort to cover more than just the American Apparel campus style.

What do you think?

UPDATE Friday: Check out the comments for this post for a message from Contrast's co-editor-in-chief. For the record, the editors wanted to see what you all thought of the new issue, and asked us to publish this post.

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Definitely prettier this time around. I can tell they worked really hard on it.

The pictures still seem like they're trying too hard, though. And the writing's not the best.

Anonymous said...

Where can we find copies of it?

Anonymous said...

I love the photos, but the layout on the pages with writing seems confusing and kind of disorganized.

Anonymous said...

I think it's a pretty stupid magazine that just imitates shit instead of interrogating campus style or fashion. I'm pretty disappointed. Just another self serving VSA org.

Anonymous said...

7:05 - did you read the magazine?

Anonymous said...

could somebody tell me where i can get a copy, please?

Anonymous said...

very strange focus in the pictures... and by strange i mean out of focus.

Anonymous said...

they ran out of copies. they were distributed at the party and then at acdc and in the entrance of main, but i dont think there are any more left

Anonymous said...

do you know if they can upload a pdf file anywhere online? it's possible --> if you go to indesign, and you go to export and make it "web quality" and print it as spreads....... .please someone tell them tod o it !

Anonymous said...

ehh its a good idea but poorly executed

Anonymous said...

the writing sucks

Anonymous said...

what a horrible choice of a cover. it's not flattering to that pretty pretty girl and none of the photos really show off the clothes.

Anonymous said...

the magazine looked very professional and well done, but i do think that it represented a very small portion of vassar fashion. it upsets me because we have such a diverse student body that is reflected in our fashion and i really wish that Contrast would've reflected that. instead of representing vassar, this issue is just a banal attempt at looking like a professional fashion magazine.

Anonymous said...

When do we get another issue of Squirm?

Anonymous said...

Contrast definitely looked better, but should consider other ways of setting up their articles. Reading the text was rather awkward, and the font wasn't a stylized enough reading font.

Also, I felt the quality of the written articles were poor. I am sick of reading stuff bashing hipster clothing style. I feel like if I wanted to learn about fashion and get tips, I would read Vogue. I'd rather see Contrast reflect more about eclectic vassar style- instead of using labels picking actual people and examining, interviewing, how Vassar dresses and how it is unique and fun.

Contrast Member said...

The goal of this issue was to be less conventional and strive not to be "pretty" but interesting, mostly to be everything our first issue lacked. The choice of cover is to show the magazine photography more as art than as fashion editorial. It was meant to appear edgier and be less homogenized. That goes for the focus on the fashion spreads and treatment of the clothing items as well, but of course you are entitled to your opinion.

Anonymous said...

the cover sucked! maggie is so gorgeous and this picture makes her look like she has a double chin! she's seriously one of the prettiest girls on campus and this does NOT do her justice. and half of the pictures in the rest of the magazine were of naked people. clothes?
and the rest of the pictures looked facebook-worthy....not a good thing.

Anonymous said...

Umm, they were supposed to be Facebook worthy. It was about a night out at Vassar...

Anonymous said...

Yeah i guess the pictures were okay. Nothing special, but kinda pretty. I don't really see the point of a campus publication full of photos of half-naked girls rolling around in shoes and necklaces, though.

For the most part, the articles were uninteresting and poorly written. I dunno, I was excited when I first heard about Contrast, and I think they have potential, they just haven't gotten there yet ... at all.

caitlinmae said...

I appreciated the relative diversity of the models in this issue as opposed to the former (I mean, diverse in comparison, not diverse in its common context or particularly showcasing varying body types or styles.) At risk of exposing my friends to public criticism, seeing kim bress's unconcentional beauty grace the pages and those AWESOME shots of the accessories made my day.
I think it's a potentially great publication that just needs a few more issues to get on its feet... I'd also recommend they use a different printer because the caliber of some of their images is CLEARLY at a disadvantage, through no fault of their own. I'd recommend Harmon and Castella (we use them for Fix and I think Squirm uses them too. they're great people)
Maggie is a superstar and is gorgeous. No question.
The layout didn't bother me as much as it seemed to bother some others and I thought it was far more artfully designed than other campus publications.
So, all in all, a great effort and making huge strides towards BEAUTIFUL.
Good work, Contrast!
also- good work, Mads commentors, as this is an overwhelmingly constructive post.
(I'm not being facetious, i really mean that positively.
A very tired Caitlin Burke '08

Anonymous said...

Jodie is a superstar. By far prettier than that Maggie girl that made the ugliest cover I have ever seen. Overall the magazine was amazing. Because it had Jodie.

caitlinmae said...

Jodie is inarguably GORGEOUS.

Anonymous said...

it was nice to see some new people, agreed.
alyssa and jodie were my favorites. BEAUTIFUL.

Selina said...

Hi everybody,

Thanks for the feedback, both positive and constructive. Many people spent a lot of time on this issue, and I appreciate you not completely ripping apart their hard work. As someone posted already, we tried to take a different approach with this issue, doing things that were a little less conventional, a little less safe, and had more energy than our previous issue.
In response to 10:25's comment, Vassar does have a wide range of fashion tastes and styles, but it's hard to represent every one of these in 38pgs. That being said, all clothes and accessories used in the shoots belonged to Vassar students, so in this way it does represent Vassar fashion- we weren't bringing in clothes from off campus stores or designers.
It's funny to hear people say that we're obviously just trying to look like a professional magazine as if this is a bad thing; I mean yes, we do want the magazine to look professional but we have tried hard to keep it very Vassar orientated, our publication is very different from some other campuses who strive to make theirs as mainstream professional as possible.
For those of you dissatisfied with the articles, we are always looking for more writers and I would strongly encourage you to join next fall.
Caitlin, thank you for the kind words and the printing recommendation, we will look into that for the next issue. We have a very limited budget which is why the printing quality isn't at the level we'd like, and why there were limited copies. I will also look into asking our head of layout about putting a copy online.

This is only our second issue, and we recognize that there are improvements to be made, it just can't all be achieved immediately; it takes time to figure out what works and what doesn't. We hope to continue to take the magazine to new levels, and new directions, learning and improving from each issue. Once again, new members are always welcome to join.

Producing a student publication obviously puts you at the mercy of your fellow peers' criticism, but I would only ask that you keep in mind that we don't view the magazine as perfect, but as a step forward from our last one, and that rather than simply bash it, constructive criticism is much more appreciated.

Thanks to all of you who have supported the magazine and enjoyed it. I know some people think it's a stupid and pointless publication, but there are students on this campus who have an interest in this and want the experience working on a fashion publication. Although we want everyone to read it, if you think it's that dumb, don't read it, no one's forcing you to.


If you have anything you would like to address to me or any of the other editors you can e-mail contrast@vassar.edu

Thanks guys,

Selina Strasburger
co-editor in chief

Anonymous said...

why did mads delte the comments on the other post about VSA elections? what happened??

Anonymous said...

You're not allowed to have an opinion about the VSA elections. Or, at least, you shouldn't be discussing your opinion with other people.

Hooray for censorship.

zack said...

Far as I know, people were using Mads' actual name in those comments, so he was trying to protect his privacy. Nobody told me this, but I've seen it happen on other posts, so it makes sense. I don't think Mads is trying to censor conversation on the boards, but he has the right to maintain a shred of anonymity (bearing in mind that a lot of people know who he is already).

Anonymous said...

A half-naked Vassar girl rolling around in jewelry? THAT'S what they put on the cover to portray Vassar fashion?!

Anonymous said...

to answer your question about the VSA deleted comments, i asked a question that involved a specific individual and the reasons the jewett elections took so long. then, someone answered me (also using said person's name). admittedly, we should have respected their privacy and kept our gossip to ourselves. i take responsibility entirely. i DO think Mads was right to remove it (and i by no means endorse censorship). it was not the sort of post that person would have wanted others to read.

Anonymous said...

was this about the death threat? or something else? cause someone refuted the gossip about the threat?

Anonymous said...

Let's not bring it up again, please.

Anonymous said...

the classiest place they could find on campus was the Rose Parlor bathroom

Anonymous said...

haha, i know, but it didn't look bad inthe photoshoot. and jodie and alyssa rocked that shit.

Anonymous said...

vassar girls are supposed to look classy not trashy, which is what the magazine somewhat portrayed.

Anonymous said...

A fasion magazine is supposed to be about fashion. Not the models. Too much clutter in the photos and there is a difference between edgy and just sloppy. This was a nice attempt but there were a lot of problems from the layout to the photographs. And the fact that a magazine like this should focus on the clothing is kind of important. I'm pretty sure having the pictures out of focus ruins that as does having clothes that don't look good on the model.

Better luck next time.